March 2015 - Norwegian Jewel to Caribbean - Western
Beginning with our embarkation at the new port of Houston, Norwegian Cruise Line made it so easy. My wife and I have been on eight cruises with various cruise lines. This was the easiest embarkation to navigate yet. From the beginning we were made to feel very important. The staff was friendly and extremely helpful. The Jewel was the third Norwegian ship on which we cruised. It was clean, the staff was terrific, everything was organized, the food was wonderful, there was plenty of room in the dining rooms and there was plenty of room in the buffet dining room without having to wait for a table. The buffet was well organized with lots of room to maneuver a power chair without running others down.
Although we've been to Cozumel several times before, it was fun to see the many changes in the port. The port was clean and the vendors were typical of Mexico. Belize City was our second port of call. We took a most interesting River cruise up the Old Belize River then journeyed to the Mayan Ruins of Altun Ha. It was the best six hours of our time. The third port of call was Trujilla, Honduras. It will be the next best port in the very near future. The port first opened in October, 2014, and the building of the pier is underway. The kiosks at the port were new, the rest rooms were clean and tidy, and the vendors were some of the best artisans we have come across in all our travels.
Weather was near perfect (we cruised March 21-28). Temperatures were in the 80's to low 90's in all three ports which made all of our excursions the best possible, especially the swimming and snorkeling.
Arriving back in the Port of Houston, Norwegian made disembarkation a dream. Using their colored tags corresponding to a 15 minute time slot, we were able to walk off the ship, pick up our luggage, and walk through customs in a matter of 25 minutes. It could not have been easier.
The whole experience with Norwegian Cruise Lines was One of the Best vacations we have had. We give it a 5 Star rating! We are already planning our next cruise. I believe it will be with Norwegian!